Moos Trails - You Reap What You Sow.

Dec 31, 2009 at 10:35
by Daniel Jones  

Winter's here again, it's time to get the shovels out for more cold and wet days in the woods stacking, shaping and barrowing endless amounts of clay. There's always work to do, more and bigger jumps to build, lips to tweak and repair, it never ends. It may seem like a lot of effort, but it'll be worth it when Spring arrives and we get to test everything out. There's nothing better than having your own spot to ride and chill at all summer. We started our new spot nearly two years ago, here is the story of Moos so far.

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The trails were started in the summer of 2008, I had snapped my frame and couldn't ride, so I decided to build up some abandoned jumps. This is how they looked at the start of the summer.

These would go on to become the 2nd and 3rd jumps in the line.
These would go on to become the 2nd and 3rd jumps in the line.

By the end of summer 2008 they looked like this.

Long n low, 2nd, 3rd, 270 berm, 4th, 5th and 6th
Long n low, 2nd, 3rd, 270 berm, 4th, 5th and 6th

And then it was winter and the serious digging began, well not for everyone, as usual everyone disappears when the spades come out. Things didn't go well, it got really cold and stuff kept collapsing so progress was slow, never the less this is what we got done...

The hip (7th)
The hip (7th)

8th
8th

8th and 9th
8th and 9th

Spring came early this year, it was dry enough to ride by mid March, time to test the new jumps...

Edd one foot table on the hip, April 2009
Edd one foot table on the hip, April 2009

The hip worked well, it was hard to clear at first but it soon dried out and was riding good. The 8th didn't go quite so well, it was impossible to make and we spent ages deciding whether it would get faster and be ok. But it didn't so we made major changes, knocking a foot of height off the lip and landing, and then tweaking the lip and steepening the landing.

Edd table on the 8th
Edd table on the 8th

It was the end of May by the time we got it working, the day after this pic was taken Edd over rotated a 360 and snapped his leg, that was the end of his summer, he's back riding now though.

The weather had been pretty good so far and June was no exception, but July was the wettest since 1939, it rained almost everyday and we did barely got any riding at all. August was a bit better, and so onto the 9th...

Geoff first day riding the 9th
Geoff first day riding the 9th

It was a bit long, so we made a small adjustment to the lip, scraping off an inch to make it slightly mellower and also a few inches off the landing as it was ridiculously steep.

Here's a few more pics from the summer, mostly riding but we did some building as well...

Danny Pace old school on the hip
Danny Pace old school on the hip

Geoff on the 6th
Geoff on the 6th

The hip in summer
The hip in summer

Me on the hip
Me on the hip

Building the step up lip
Building the step up lip

Train, me and Geoff
Train, me and Geoff

270 berm to pump
270 berm to pump

Me berm on new line
Me berm on new line

Building the new line
Building the new line

Rob, x up on the 6th
Rob, x up on the 6th

I don't have much video footage unfortunately, there's a couple of clips in this video featuring Danny Pace, one of the locals. The video was made by Jack.

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Well that's it for now, I hope this has inspired some of you to go out and start digging your own trails and good luck to all the trail builders out there, lets hope we get some decent weather in 2010.

Keep up to date with the latest at the trails on my full blog here.
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79 Comments

  • + 22
 those jumps must have taken ages of work........ props for stickin with it
  • + 17
 love it perfect for bmx!
  • + 20
 Why neg prop him? Thoses are so smooth a BMX could do them, looks like some jealous kids neg props everytime he see BMX written.
  • + 10
 Yeah Dan! Moos will be epic in the summer!
  • + 4
 I would kill to have that kind of dirt here. We have to make our jumps 4 times wider than the lip so they're strong enough...Too dry and too sandy.
  • + 3
 yeah that's some sick jumps...
  • + 7
 that dirt looks like concrete
  • - 7
flag the-mountainbart-experience (Jan 12, 2010 at 10:11) (Below Threshold)
 wrong color/colour but looks very solid
  • + 3
 well butter my bunions and send me to me moma! those are some clean jumps!
  • + 4
 i would love to have jumps like that but every time we biuld big trails either dog walkers or the council rip them down, but props to u guys for building some awsome trails and i hope to see a video of the jam if u get one, oh and does anyone know the name of that song plz
  • + 3
 i have exactly the same problem, takes the piss how you can be doing something productive instead of getting pissed and pissing on the poppys at the memorial (some sick bastard did that in our town) but they see it as vandalism
  • + 1
 Speak to landowners, send letters to the council and keep on top of it. They can't ignore you forever. If you are building trails without permission someone will get pissed off.
  • + 6
 Awww man. I can't stop looking at that hip jump. AND THAT BERM!
That is amazing.

One word: Perfection.
  • + 1
 Yeah mate i really like that berm line looks real flowy!
  • + 4
 nice work guys i dont ride jumps but ive built them before and its back breaking labour to build one "double" thats half the size of yours. well done guys happy riding
  • + 5
 those jumps are sooo crisp
  • + 2
 Those are some sick flow sections you made Dan. That berm is nasty! Hopefully you'll get that jam session or two this summer. Great work, I'm inspired to find a place and start digging away.
  • + 1
 they are absolutely perfect looking trails and what a picturesque place. if i lived there with use id help use dig them every day. such a nice place but compared to here. thats like a dream land for me. your lucky. theres like moss and shit on the dirt aswell wat a nice place i cant get over it. anyways props dude on the trails and the work you've done! keep up the good work!
  • + 6
 sick sick sick and sick
  • + 2
 One of the cleanest lines I've ever seen. Man, if we had a legit spot around SanFran to build that the progression would be memorable...
  • + 3
 well done to all the diggers
  • + 1
 some of the nisest jumps iv seen in a whileSmile mega propstup i would build sum nice trails around me but theres NO where to build
  • + 1
 Finally found a decent video of the trails with all the locals, rhyssutton made it

Moos
  • + 2
 Fantastic work Dan & crew! Has the potential to become a real world classic.
  • + 2
 you guys have the best dirt, we are lucky to have anything wetter than salt
  • + 4
 nniicceee jumps
  • + 1
 sick sequence shot on hip!!! photographer in a tree or something? unbelievable jumps!!
  • + 1
 yeh in a tree
  • + 1
 Yeah I nearly died when the branch snapped. My life flashed before my eyes.
  • + 1
 atta boy dan! jumps are lookin sick! you gotta get some footage this summer!
  • + 1
 I'm totally jealous of your trail but it's also an inspiration for the jumps im building. You're a fucking artist!
  • + 1
 so jealous of that PERFECT dirt. We struggle down under to get dirt like that!!!
  • + 1
 haha dont lie we've all seen jared carters jumps Drool
  • + 1
 Hey what's the name of the song and group that sings it? Those jumps are sooo clean, mmmm.... thanks guys.
  • + 1
 Looking ultra sick now even better when we came up last year...Hope we can get some filming done there this year!
  • + 1
 yeh for sure
  • + 1
 The thumbnail on the home page looked like the jumps where plywood they are so perfect. Wow
  • + 1
 how do u make jumps so effin perfect
  • + 1
 beautiful jumps and dirt. Sick edit too! Keep it up.
  • + 1
 These are amazing... Lets just hope they never get plowed
  • + 1
 Dude how do you get the dirt so good
  • + 1
 They make human sacrifices. Pleases the gods, gods give you nice dirt, win-win situation.
  • + 1
 right.. got me spade c you later pinkbike trails to be dug!
  • + 1
 digging the soil berm man, very ill
  • + 1
 i want that here. nuf said.
  • + 1
 Props to the diggers, that takes a lot of elbow grease.
  • + 1
 the nicest dirt jumps ive ever seen, how do you make them so perfect?
  • + 1
 I love seeing moss on jumps! Nice work! So crisp!
  • + 1
 suck clean jumps. mine are so messy.
  • + 1
 sickkk moos is on the home page! well done boys
  • + 0
 i wish i had some DJ's like that neer my house.

has any one got any tips on how to build good jumps?
  • + 2
 yah make your jump look like those Smile
  • + 3
 Use a shovel, not a spoon.
  • + 1
 HOLY crap. That's amazing, how sharp they are...
  • + 1
 That trail rules. Nice work.
  • + 1
 Amazing work! Congratulations.
  • + 1
 whoa those jumps are perfect
  • + 1
 wow those jumps are hugeeeeeee
  • + 1
 the nicest and smothest dirt jumps iv ever seen props
  • + 1
 how do u get ur jumps so perfect :o
  • + 1
 nice article
  • + 1
 amazing
  • + 1
 perfecto
  • + 0
 Sick man! Is there going to be a jam in the summer?
  • + 2
 yeh hopefully we can get some of the king of dirt riders to come down, we already got Danny Pace, Adam Williams and Ashley Stares as locals so they will organise something i'm sure. We had the dmr riders down last year for a jam but it got rained off.
  • + 1
 Sounds awesome, would it be alright if me and a few mates came down if you did have a jam?
  • + 2
 yeh more riders is more fun, get some big trains going
  • + 2
 Sickk! Smile
  • + 1
 nice job ,guys !!!
  • + 1
 nice
  • + 1
 almost too purfect
  • + 1
 miiint jumps!
  • + 1
 super :]
  • + 1
 so jelous
  • + 1
 Holy fuck so sick !
  • + 1
 SO SICK
  • + 1
 super smooth and sick
  • - 1
 these ju8mps are insane that sopil looks so easy to build jumps on
  • + 0
 chea trailss

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